Ambanja Panther Chameleon For Sale
We have different locales of ambanja panther chameleon for sale at different times of the year because of different hatching dates. If you are looking for an Ambanja Panther Chameleon for sale please visit our available page and our upcoming clutches page.
About Ambanja Panther Chameleons For Sale
The term Ambanja refers to the Ambanja District in Madagascar where the original wild chameleons were brought into captivity. Different locales of panther chameleons have different colors because of the region they are found in Madagascar. There are many different areas in Madagascar where panther chameleons were, and still are, brought into captivity to create the beautiful pets we have in our homes today. Ambilobe is one of the most popular, followed by Nosy Be, Tamatave, Sambava, and more.
The panther chameleon was first described by French naturalist Georges Cuvier in 1829. Its generic name (Escherichia) is derived from the Latin root furci meaning “forked” and refers to the shape of the animal’s feet. The specific name pardalis refers to the animals’ markings, as it is Latin for “leopard” or “spotted like a panther”. The English word chameleon (also chamaeleon) derives from Latin chamaeleō, a borrowing of the Ancient Greek χαμαιλέων (khamailéōn), a compound of χαμαί (khamaí) “on the ground” and λέων (léōn) “lion”. The Greek word is a calque translating the Akkadian nēš qaqqari, “ground lion”. This lends to the common English name of “panther chameleon”.
Panther chameleons grow 16-20″ (40-51cm) long, with females typically being smaller than males. In a form of sexual dimorphism, males are more vibrantly colored than the females. Coloration varies with location, and the different color patterns of panther chameleons are commonly referred to as ‘locales’, which are named after the geographical location in which they are found. Panther chameleons from the areas of Nosy Be, Ankify, and Ambanja are typically a vibrant blue, and those from Ambilobe, Antsiranana, and Sambava are red, green or orange.
The areas of Maroantsetra and Tamatave yield primarily red specimens. Numerous other color phases and patterns occur between and within regions. Females generally remain tan and brown with hints of pink, peach, or bright orange, no matter where they are found, but there are slight differences in patterns and colors among the different color phases.
Like all chameleons, panther chameleons exhibit a specialized arrangement of toes. On each foot, the five toes are fused into a group of two and a group of three; these specialized feet allow the panther chameleon a tight grip on narrow branches. Each toe is equipped with a sharp claw to gain traction on surfaces such as bark when climbing. On the forelimbs, there are two toes on the outer (distal) side of each foot and three on the inside (medial). On the hind legs, the arrangement is reversed: two toes are fused medially and three distally.
Panther chameleons have very long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of rapidly extending out of the mouth to capture prey. Once the tip sticks to a prey item, it is drawn quickly back into the mouth, where the panther chameleon’s strong jaws crush it and it is consumed.
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